Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 9:40 a.m. EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. and Texas hedge fund manager Gentry Beach have long claimed they’re just friends, but records obtained by The Associated Press show the president’s eldest son and the Republican donor have a previously undisclosed business relationship. Scrutiny of the business ties comes as Beach has gained access to top government officials since President Trump took office.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A spokesman for Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines says a flight that crashed in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, killing at least 50 people, was carrying 67 passengers: 32 from Bangladesh, 33 from Nepal and one each from China and the Maldives. Airline spokesman Kamrul Islam says there were four crewmembers on board, but did not provide their nationalities. The plane, a twin-propeller Bombardier Dash 8 flying from Bangladesh, swerved repeatedly before it crashed Monday, landing near the runway and bursting into flames.

NEW YORK (AP) — All five passengers have been killed in a helicopter crash into New York City’s East River. A spokesman for the New York City Police Department confirmed the deaths to The Associated Press early Monday morning. Police say a sixth person, the pilot, freed himself and was rescued by a passing tugboat on Sunday night.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to prevent school shootings doesn’t increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21 — an idea Trump publicly favored just last month. It also leaves the question of arming teachers to states and local communities. Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue as part of a package the White House announced Sunday in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead.

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian Kurdish official says thousands of people are fleeing the northern town of Afrin as Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition fighters get closer to the besieged town. Ebrahim Ebrahim, a Europe-based spokesman for the largest Kurdish group in Syria, the Democratic Union Party or PYD, says those fleeing are heading toward government-controlled areas. He says they are fleeing out of fear that Turkish troops and their allies might commit atrocities against the Kurds.

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